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Buying a home doesn't have to be confusing.

Welcome to the homebuyer's guide! Buying a home is a huge step, and there's a lot to learn along the way. This may help you be prepared and excited about your new home. Here you'll find tips, tools and further reading on whatever you might be wondering, wherever you are in the process.


A great place to start—tools, tips and what to expect.

Before you get too far into the process, it's a great idea to know what's involved and what it will mean for you. These calculators will give you an idea what to expect financially and the blog is packed with articles about how to prepare for home buying. For information about the process itself, keep reading.

One step at a time

Walk through the steps of the process, beginning even before you start to look for a home or real estate agent. From pre-approval to inspections, making an offer to moving in, and everything in between.

10 steps to buying a home

The basics of borrowing

If you've never taken out a mortgage before, it can seem overly complicated and intimidating. Here is a breakdown of the nitty gritty financial details for you. Learn about loan types, the difference between pre-approved and pre-qualified and the meaning behind everything from APR to rate lock and closing costs.

Check out Mortgage 101

What kind of payments to expect

If you've found the property you want and have price in mind, get an idea of what kind of monthly payment to expect. Just plug in the home price, down payment and interest rate.

Mortgage payment calculator